In Loose Connections, children’s author, Malaika Rose Stanley tells the story of growing up in a children’s home in the 1960s. But this is not a misery memoir – or a children’s book. As a stroppy, mixed-race teenager, she fights for the names of her parents but it’s not until later, after the birth of her own child that she sets out to find them and understand her past. Mixing family secrets, personal recollections and social history, Malaika reflects on a century of change in children’s services and women’s lives, and tells the absorbing and poignant story of searching for family and of discovering – whatever life throws at you – what being well-connected really means.
If you like true life stories told with honesty and humour, you’ll love this compelling and moving memoir.